Will You Fall to the Ground and Die?

We seem trained to think of the worst about things at times…. If I don’t get this life insurance, all heck will break loose. If I don’t get this new toothpaste, I’ll get gengivitus. If I doing use high-perfomance gasoline, my gas mileage will suffer! If I don’t drink the new Corona Premier, I’ll never […]

A Heart that Reflects the King

Nature sometimes shouts about God.   While enjoying this lake at a retreat recently, I noticed something quite simple and wonderful. When the water was calm, the surface nearly perfectly reflected the beauty of the shoreline.  If the  shoreline represents God, we want to reflect Him, just as this water reflects the trees.  When our […]

Are we explorers or not?

Humans have an innate desire to explore and learn about the things that are important to us. Need to learn how to use the new Apple Watch?  Sure! Need to get your resume redone?  No problem. Need to plan a family vacation?  Absolutely. Need to learn about new players for your fantasy league?  Can do! […]

Where Peace Comes From

I don’t know about you but when I have a little extra money in the bank I experience a certain kind of feeling that is quite unique.  I feel a little lighter, a little bit freer, happier, more generous, safer, stronger, more at peace and more confident. I was thinking about this recently because I […]

Let go and let God. What does that mean?

There’s always that one person that says “let go and let God” right when you are in the middle of a hyper-stressful situation of your life….when you’re trying to do whatever you can to resolve something that seems on the edge of disaster. But, “let go and let God” sounds a bit too passive for […]

Lamenting The Days

Sometimes it seems our world is only filled with wars, civil unrest, beheadings, evil rampages and moral decline.  It must pain God to see how we treat each other….in both unspoken ways (like prejudice) and in more outward ways like murder and the bombing of innocents. Isaiah 60:2 (ESV) says: For behold, darkness shall cover the […]

Puppies, Wolves and a Receptive Heart

In Luke 8 Jesus says our heart’s ability to receive Him and His Word is like different kinds of soil. Packed Soil that’s packed down like a well-worn path…or a hardened heart; Satan comes and steals the seed from this soil.  When my heart is hardened or bitter I find it nearly impossible to receive truth from God. Rocky Soil […]

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Meditations of the Heart

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds (and hearts) are steadfast, because they trust in you.  – Isaiah 26:3 (NIV, emphasis added) The word steadfast means ‘to lean, support, lay and rest’.   If you want peace, the formula is pretty straight-forward. The verse says, that keeping your mind leaned on, rested on, supported by […]

The Whisper of a Prideful Heart at Work – Part 3

(8) “Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.’ (10) You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there […]

The Whisper of a Prideful Heart – Part 2

Of all the concepts in the Bible related to the heart, a prideful and conceited heart tops the list – by far.  Of all the verses in the Bible related to the heart, there are more verses on pride than any other topic. Satan helped bring about sin and pride in Adam and Eve with a simple question […]